Friday, September 30, 2016

Creative Shop Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  Hooray, it's almost the weekend!  To kick it off I'm sharing three manis that I've worn recently, done with some of the new Creative Shop stamping plates.  I wish the Creative Shop plates got more attention in the stamping world.  I myself haven't been super aware of them but I'm glad that has changed.  After receiving these, I spent some time on her website and snooped around and I really like a lot of the designs she has.  I hope that my review here will open some more people's eyes to them and maybe we'll see them around more often.  I was sent #16, 17 and 18 and thought the quality and the image were great.  And, for those of you searching for long images, these are made for you.  Keep reading to see all the details...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

UberChic Beauty Great Outdoors Review

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Hey there!  Though summer is (sadly) officially over, it's not too late to enjoy some outdoor time so I thought today would be a good day to review UberChic Beauty's Great Outdoors mini stamping plate.  There's something about this plate that has an autumn feel to it even though I think most of us do our camping in the warmer months.  There is something amazing about being outside in the fall though.  I spent last weekend at the cabin and it was amazing.  The weather was warm and the leaves have all turned and, since it gets dark earlier now, I got to do some skywatching.  The plate might not have stars on it but it does have trees and acorns and lots of other outdoors-y images.  Keep reading to see what else it has.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

HPB Presents Glitter Toppers

Hey there!  The Hobby Polish Bloggers is a Facebook group full of folks like me who like nail polish so much that they feel the need to blog about it.  Every month we have a little link up for anyone who feels like participating.  This month our theme is Glitter Topper which gave me a good excuse to reach into those poor Helmer drawer that rarely see the light of day.  I had so much fun with the first glitter topper that I used that I ended up doing two manis to go with the theme, both inspired by nail ladies I admire a ton.

Monday, September 26, 2016

KBShimmer Fall 2016 Swatches and Review

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Hey there!  I know I'm late in the game but on this lovely autumn Monday, I have swatches to share from the KBShimmer Fall 2016 collection, currently available at Color4Nails.  I personally love the crazy mix of finishes here.  There's anything you could want - cremes, glitters, holos and more!  Over the years I've become a big KBShimmer fangirl and always look forward to the new collections.  I wasn't surprised when swatching these that I had no issues whatsoever with any of the formulas.  She definitely knows what she's doing when it comes to making polish!  This collection is comprised of 12 polishes so I have a ton of photos down below so I'll just get to it without too much yapping!

Friday, September 23, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Autumn

Hey there!  Today's nail art theme is Autumn so I hope you're not sick of fall nails just yet.  I'm still enjoying them because, as long as I'm wearing fall manis on my nails, it means there's no snow on the ground.  I used the theme as an opportunity to use a new polish Femme Fatale polish that even has Autumn in the name AND to use the layered stamping image from UberChic Beauty's Lovely Leaves plate that has been so darn popular and rightfully so.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It Girl Nail Art Review

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Hey there!  Today's review post is a big one.  Nicole from It Girl Nail Art,  sent me two of her latest stamping plates (IG110 and IG112) to try out, as well as two of her new cuticle oils and stamping polishes.   It Girl Nail Art is an indie company based out of Tacoma, Washington, USA and their products have always been of the highest quality so it's nice to see her branching out into areas other than stamping plates.  These new products are also great but, in particular, the cuticle oil fantastic.  I finished one already and am now looking at buying some more in some new scents.  Keep reading to get all the details on the new products as well as some info on how I did my manis that you see below.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Delush Polish Knight of Thrones Collection

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Hey there!  This evening I'm bringing you the brand new collection from Delush Polish - The Knight of Thrones Collection.  These polishes are inspired by the males of Game of Thrones, to complement the previous Dames of Thrones Collection, but don't let that trick you into thinking these are all masculine colors.  These are for all of us who love keeping our fingertips colourful.  It is a lovely fall collection that includes some darker colors, some cozy colors, a glitter that screams autumns to me as well as a couple of brighter shades.  Keep reading to see all my thoughts and find out which ones I'm head-over-heels for.

The Digital Dozen does Four/40 Great Nail Art Ideas does Red, Green and Yellow

Hey there!  No, it's not Christmas yet, despite the appearance of my nails in today's post.  Today I combined the Digit-al Dozen Four theme with 40 Great Nail Art Ideas prompts of Red, Green, Yellow and water marble/water spotted for this four-polish water marble.  I can't be alone in always seeing Christmas anytime red and green are together, can I?  Even the yellow and silver that are included in this marble just add to the holiday feel.  Despite the unseasonable look, I'm not unhappy with how the marbling turned out.  At first I had tried a red, green and yellow marble in four different patterns.  I don't think I ever had a more frustrating nail night.  Took forever, had to redo a bunch of nails and it still looked awful.  I deleted those photos so I never have to be reminded and decided to do this one instead.  At least I know I can usually do a stripe-y marble with reasonable success even if I did end up with red everywhere!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Four - Four-Colored Leaves with UberChic Beauty Lovely Leaves

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Hey there!  Today's Digit-al Dozen Four post comes with an UberChic Beauty review and easily my favourite mani of the week -  actually my favourite mani in a long, long time.  I did 2 designs with the Lovely Leaves plate that each have a take on the Four theme.  For the first one (my favourite) I did a four color gradient as the base.  The second one has four colors in total, one base color and 3 colors of autumn leaves.  I admit that I couldn't wait to get this plate since doing Autumn leaves manis are pretty much the only thing I like about fall - I don't drink pumpkin spice, I wear sweaters year round, even in summer and I hate the color yellow.  But fall nails?  Those I love!  You can find out all the details for these two manis, as well as a couple other new products from UberChic Beauty down below.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Four - Card Suits

Hey there!  For today's Digit-al Dozen "Four" mani, I did one of the first things that I thought of when I was brainstorming things that come in fours - the four card suits.  Easy since I thought for sure I'd easily be able to find stamping images that matched all four suits.  I was wrong.  I had to dig through so many stamping plates to find four images that would at least sort of match.  Usually I'm pretty proud of myself for knowing my nail collection inside and out but this one proved that I have not yet memorized every stamping plate I own!  Keep reading to see all the details.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does Four - 4 Gradiented Stamps

Hey there!  For my second "Four" mani, I have to come clean.  I actually did these for a previous DD theme, didn't use them and then realized they'd work for this week's theme.  That always feels a bit like cheating, doesn't it?  But I did really love this mani.  It was so simple but looked really cool.  I should put more gradient stamping in my life.  Like yesterday, this mani has two takes on the "Four" theme.  I have 4 different stamping images (at least that you can see in my pics) and 4 colors in total.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Digit-al Dozen does 4 - Four Seasons Stamping

Hey there!  It's time for a new Digit-al Dozen theme.  This September marks our group's fourth anniversary so we're doing "4".  I think you'll see a few variations on the theme this month - 4 colors, 4 patterns, anything else involving 4's.  I'm starting mine with the 4 seasons.  I bought this stamping plate representing the 4 seasons AGES ago and am only now trying it out.  It didn't turn out as great as I had envisioned but I did do 4 different patterns to go wit the 4 seasons so I had to put it in this week.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Books

Hey there!  This week our 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group (which has sadly dropped to much fewer than 40) has the theme of "Books".  Usually I'd go with a general book look but for today's post I wanted to do something inspired by the book I just finished last week - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  I won't say anything about the plot except to say that a painting of the same name by Carel Fabritius is involved.  I'm so uncultured I knew nothing about this painting but after looking it up, I really like it so I used it as my inspiration.  Obviously I can't do anything so spectacular on my nails so I used stamping as best I could.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Clear Jelly Stamper Review Plus Giveaway!

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Hey there!  Welcome to the start of a new work week (for those of you who had a long weekend like I did).  I'm in love with the products I'm reviewing today from Clear Jelly Stamper but I'm mortified at how long it has taken me to get this post up.  I received these products earlier this summer but, with the potential of a Canada Post strike, I delayed myself in posting these since I was including a giveaway.  And then I forgot.  But I'm finally posting them today and, since I'm relatively sure there won't be a strike, I'm including a giveaway of three Clear Jelly Stamper plates.  When Debbie sent me The Big Bling stamper/brush and CJS-13, 14 and 15 she also included a few plates I already had (CJS-08, 10 and LC-01) so she said I could do a giveaway with them.  Entry information can be found at the bottom of this post.  It will be open until 11:59 pm next Monday so enter now.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Color Club Stamping Plate Review with 40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Lemon/Peach

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Hey there!  Today I have a review of a few of the stamping plates from Color Club's new line that I was sent by Color4Nails.  It's always fun to try out new brands of stamping plates and, for today's post, I even snuck in this week's 40 Great Nail Art Idea prompts.  This week we're doing "lemon/peach" and I was given the personal prompt of "tribal".  It just so happens that one of the plates I was sent was the Africa plate which has tons of great tribal images.  I was also sent Flower and Puzzle and, while I really like a lot of the images that these Color Club plates have to offer, the Africa plate is probably my favourite of the three.  Keep reading to see the manis I came up with along with a more extensive swatch stick test that I did.